President Imposes Aluminum Tariff on Canada

A little more than a month since the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force on July 1, 2020, President Trump announced the re-imposition of aluminum tariffs on Canada. The 10 percent tariff was announced on August 6, 2020 at a Whirlpool factory in Ohio where President Trump is quoted as saying, "To be a strong [...]

EPA Announces Final Rule on Lead in Plumbing Materials

On July 29, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools, and other facilities. This is one of many actions to reduce childhood lead exposure, which has been recognized as a significant problem contributing to brain and central nervous system effects and [...]

USCMA Went into Effect July 1, 2020   

The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force on July 1, 2020. This marks the beginning of a new trade chapter in North American trade relations. The USMCA is designed to offer a more balanced and reciprocal approach to trade while promoting freer market forces and what many believe is a more fair set of trade [...]

EPA Decides Not to Regulate Perchlorate in Drinking Water

In a June 18, 2020 Press Release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final action not to regulate perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Perchlorate, a chemical often included as an ingredient in rocket fuel, explosives, and missiles, has been linked to several health effects including hormone disruption and negative effects on [...]

EPA Provides Tool for Water Utilities to Assess Financial Impact of COVID-19 

In a July 8, 2020 Press Release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a new assessment tool to assist water utilities in evaluating the financial impact of COVID-19 on operations. The pandemic is challenging both the operations and financial health of most utilities. Many expect to experience severe revenue declines due to [...]

OSHA Releases Employer Guidance on Re-Opening Non-Essential Businesses

In a June 18, 2020 Press Release, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance to assist employers that are reopening their non-essential businesses after shuttering or partially shuttering in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' previously developed Guidance on [...]

California Begins Regulation of Microplastics in Drinking Water

On June 16, 2020, the California State Water Resources Control Board (CA SWRCB or Board) became the first regulatory agency in the world to specify and adopt a definition of ‘Microplastics in Drinking Water’. The CA SWRCB unanimously adopted the microplastic definition, which includes plastic particles with three dimensions that are greater than 1 nanometer and [...]

WWEMA Joins Other Water Associations in Calling on Congress to Address Water and Wastewater Needs in Future COVID-19 Relief Aid Package

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) has joined with other related water associations, including the WateReuse Association, the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the US Water Alliance, and others in calling on [...]